By admin | April 17, 2011
By Richard Allen
I have to admit that over the past few weeks I have become somewhat of a Kurt Busch groupie, although it may only be a group of one. Without question, he is one of the most talented drivers in the sport of NASCAR racing. However, his people skills tend to leave a bit to be desired.
All that said, I have found myself paying a bit more attention to the elder of the Busch brothers during most races this season. His in-car radio tirades are the things of legend while his driving skill is remarkable.
During Sundayâ€™s Aaronâ€™s 499 at the Talladega Super Speedway it was not very hard to keep up with where Busch was on the track. He was most often somewhere very near the major accidents, mostly due to the fact that he caused most of them.
On lap 29, Busch made contact with the 09 car of Landon Cassill. Brian Vickers was collected when Cassillâ€™s car veered hard left which sent both cars into the outside wall. Both Vickers and Cassill were eliminated from contention as a result of the incident.
On lap 91, Busch turned teammate Brad Keselowski around in heavy traffic. Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne and Marcos Ambrose were damaged in that wreck. David Ragan also went up in a ball of flames at the same time but it is unclear as to what caused his troubles.
And finally, late in the race Busch tagged the rear of Dave Blaneyâ€™s #36 machine which sent that car sliding but not enough to bring out a yellow flag.
And he did have one of those classic meltdowns after a slow pit stop as well.
Ultimately, Busch ended the day with an 18th place finish which allowed him to hold on to his 5th spot in the Sprint Cup standings.
In reality, of course, the real culprit was the 2×2 style of racing that was being employed at Talladega. With cars running up under the rear bumper of the car in front incidents were bound to happen. Kurt Busch is an extremely talented driver who happened to find himself in the middle of several incidents on Sunday.
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